Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan is a Kamikaze suicide note for the US economy by one of the most divisive presidents in US history.
A nation that has grown gloriously prosperous because of cheap energy prices based on a vast abundance of fossil fuels – the latest being shale gas - is now throwing away its competitive advantages and opting for fuel sources that are massively more expensive and unreliable.
A normal journalistic response to such blind, doctrinaire madness would be to ask why?
This expert assessment from Australian commentator Jo Nova suggests that the Obama vanity project will cost the American economy a staggering $2.5 trillion, put a million people out of work...and for what? At best, it will achieve a reduction of 0.1 per cent in world CO2 emissions and not change the temperature one iota. Another economic assessment of the massive true cost of ‘renewables’ is here.
That different perspective, of course, is of no consequence to the 8,000 journalists at the BBC. Under their bonkers ‘due impartiality’ rules propagated and enforced by the BBC Trustees, they barely even acknowledge that views that challenge climate alarmism have any validity.
Under this McCarthyite regime, speakers on outlets such as the BBC’s Thought for the Day are emboldened and authorised by BBC editors to call those who disagree with climate change alarmism simply ‘deniers’ and ignore them. The insult by deliberate linkage to Holocaust deniers is fully intended - and sanctioned at the highest levels.
The upshot of this rigid mindset is that across the BBC, the Obama plan has been reported with reverence. This article is typical. The main question is not whether the spending of billions on wind and solar farms is lunacy – but instead, why the same cannot happen here? Oh, and whether the plan is enough to meet the demands of the arrogant law-breakers at Greenpeace.
This is therefore yet another peg to attack the Conservative government. Amber Rudd, the Energy Secretary, has had the temerity to announce plans to limit the huge subsidies that go to the companies that have made countless millions out of building wind and solar farms. To so-called BBC reporters like Roger Harrabin, that’s seen purely as massive attack on climate alarmism.
In reality, the new Conservative government is every bit as fanatical as Obama. It is still rigidly wedded to the Ed Miliband 2008 Climate Change Act, arguably the most costly and unnecessary measure ever passed by a British government.
Despite the Rudd changes, the core reality is still that it costs the UK taxpayer billions in needless subsidy every year, and inflicts endless hardship on the poor and the old by jacking up their energy prices and transferring their meagre cash to renewable energy spivs. David Cameron and his minions believe the Obama Plan, along with the EU’s own equally restrictive measures to keep temperatures down, are necessary.
Because of this ideological zeal, dozens of efficient coal-fired power stations have been closed down since 2010, to the extent that experts are warning that the ability to meet full winter demand for energy via the National Grid is seriously at risk. At the same time, the last vestiges of the British coalmining industry are also being forced to close because without coal-fired power stations, there is no market for their output.
Cameron’s cabinet is determined to fight later this year at the Paris climate ‘summit’ for an international agreement on CO2 that will force the rest of the world to follow the same idiotic and dictatorial path as the UK and now the US. The one shaft of sanity that will probably prevent agreement is that China and India are having none of it – their energy plans are rooted firmly in the reliability, relative cheapness and efficiency of coal.